DoArch promotes and manages a healthy learning culture for students, faculty and staff, providing an environment of respect, engagement and discovery. The balance of work, school and life; and the development of good time management skills is important and promotes success in young professionals. Faculty are kept aware of their individual workload expectations, process for annual reviews, bylaws that govern applicable units, criteria for measuring tenure and promotion, and more, through regular faculty meetings and departmental communication. The Studio Culture Policy discusses the importance of time management skills and strongly encourages the rational use of time to consciously develop good work habits.
There are two paths towards a professional degree. The 4+2 program is comprised of a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and two-year Master of Architecture degree. This is the typical path for high school graduates and university transfers wanting a design-based, liberal arts education leading to a professional education in architecture. The core professional years of study are the last 3.5 years of this 6-year program. Professional studies begin in the spring of the third year. Students graduating with a B.F.A. Arch from SDSU will apply for admission into the graduate M.Arch degree.
Those that already hold a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree of any specialization from an accredited university can apply for admission (based primarily on undergraduate academic achievement and a portfolio that demonstrates an educated ability to make things) to the 3.5 year program, matriculating through to a Master of Architecture degree. Students may be provisionally admitted and required to take fundamental drawing and/or design courses before beginning professional study.